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February 2007

Vulnerability scanning review: PatchLink's PatchLink Update 6.3

VULNERABILITY SCANNING PatchLink Update 6.3 REVIEWED BY MIKE CHAPPLE PatchLink Price: $1,495 per update server, plus annual subscription fee starting at $18 per client @exb @exe Keeping systems patched can be a nightmare for enterprises. Medium- and large-sized enterprises will find this automated patching tool from PatchLink an excellent, cost-effective solution. Configuration/Management B   PatchLink's wizard-based process walks you through installation, including MSDE if it (or SQL Server) isn't already present. PatchLink Update provides a Web-based manual installation process for one-off installs. It's also possible to automate installation by using a script or Group Policy Object with the standalone installer. Agents can be automatically deployed through the console using Active Directory/LDAP lookup or IP/DNS scanning. One of the product's major shortcomings is weak integration with AD. Although you can deploy the agent through AD, it's not possible to manage devices through AD organizational units (OUs) or import OU ...

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